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Top athletes honoured at awards night

Published Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Winners with Provost Ian McAllan - Pamela Clark was unable to attend - her award was accepted by her father Robert

Our top athletes and coaches have been honoured at South Lanarkshire’s 21st annual awards ceremony.

The annual awards night is an opportunity for the council to showcase further the talented performers and coaches who are already successful local Sports Council Award winners.

Held at Hamilton Town House and hosted by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC), the awards were given out in five categories as follows:

  • Coach of the year - Hamilton’s Jim Ross, Karate coach
  • Senior Female Performer - East Kilbride trampolinist Pamela Clarke
  • Senior Male Performer - Hamilton Paralympian Stephen McGuire from the sport of Boccia
  • Junior Female Performer - Hamilton netballer Bethan Goodwin
  • Junior Male Performer - Clydesdale swimmer Mark Ford

The trophies were presented on the night by South Lanarkshire's Provost Ian McAllan. He said: “Tonight has been a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge all of the excellent achievements of our nominees and winners from across South Lanarkshire. I can only imagine the hard work, sacrifice and dedication it takes to reach the levels that our winners have achieved. I wish each one of them every success in what is a rich and diverse range of sports.”

And Gerry Campbell, General Manager, SLLC, said: "These awards are about recognising achievement in sport, but also highlighting the valuable work undertaken by volunteers, clubs and a range of other organisations who work very closely with SLLC and the council to promote sport and physical activity. And I am sure all of our nominees and winners would agree that the crucial role played by parents, families, teachers and volunteers has helped them get where they are today. We pay tribute to each one of them.”

Jim Ross – Jim is a coach for the Yamakai Karate Club in Strathaven. He coaches 15 hours per week with the club; and 50 hours per year with the National Squad. During the course of the season, athletes being coached by Jim won 44 gold medals, 63 silvers and 86 bronzes in competition. Jim splits his time between coaching in his own club and coaching the Scotland Team for which he travels extensively.

Pamela Clark – trampolining - World Cup competitor in Azerbaijan as well as European and British Championships

Stephen McGuire - Boccia - Reigning Scottish Boccia Champion and gold medallist at the 2016 British Boccia championships for the 10th time. 6th at the Rio Paralympics Individual event and 4th in pairs event. Scottish Boccia Open: Gold. Czech Republic Boccia Open: Gold
Povoa Portugal Boccia Open Pairs: Silver.

Bethan Goodwin – netball - U17 European Championships: Silver, captain of the team, received player of the tournament. Open European Championships: 3rd ; player of the tournament and received first open cap. U21 European Championships: Silver District U17 Performance League: 1st Netball Scotland U17 Inter-district: 1st (Club) Open Scottish Cup: 1st. Won title of School Senior Sports Person of the Year at Holy Cross High School. Recently selected for Sirens netball team, Scotland’s brand new and only semi-professional national female sports team based in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

Mark Ford – swimming - Gained 21 podium spots, including 19 first place in a busy season of school and district swim meets in 2016 across butterfly, backstroke and freestyle at 50, 100, 200 and 400m.